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Eric Stromer shows you how to easily harvest tomatoes earlier for his GMC Trade Secret.
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Harvest Tomatoes Early
Featured Pro: Eric Stromer Category: Home Improvement Time: 2:05
ERIC STROMER: Hey, I’m Eric Stromer. Here’s your GMC Trade Secret.
Do you want to enjoy the taste of fresh tomatoes even sooner? Well, I’ve got to tell you, tomatoes thrive in hot, sunny weather.
Now, here’s a way to do it. You can plant them indoors six weeks before the end of the last frost and then transfer them outdoors when the last frost is over. It’s easy. I’ll show you how.
The first step is to start with seeds that are bred to bloom early and produce fruit even in colder temperatures. Pixie and Early Girl are common early-blooming types that are great to plant. You want to germinate your seeds indoors and keep them warm. Get a starter soil mix and be prepared to transplant into bigger pots once or twice to avoid crowding the roots.
A month before the last frost, take your plants outside for a few hours each day to get them acclimated to the outdoor climate. Now, increase that exposure over time until it’s finally time to transplant them to the outdoors.
After a couple of weeks of hardening, transplant your tomato plants into the garden. Plant them a couple of inches deeper than they grew before. This will give the roots access to more nutrient-rich soil. Cut the first set of leaves at the stem and apply a light rooting hormone. This will promote root growth from the first node.
Finally, form the soil in a donut shape around the base of the stem. This will help direct water toward the plant’s roots. Now, it’s important to keep the plants warm until the nighttime temperatures exceed 55 degrees. And to achieve that, you can build a wall of water bottles around each individual plant.
Take several used 1- or 1.5-liter plastic bottles filled with water and place them in a ring around each plant. During the day, the sun heats up the water in the bottles, and at night the heat radiates back out to create a warmer pocket around the plant.
To ensure fruit formations from the first blossoms, you can also spray it with a blooming hormone. These hormones force-bloom the plants, so don’t spray it on seedlings. Wait until the plants are transplanted to the garden, and spray in mid-afternoon when the flowers are fully open.
If you follow these simple steps, you’ll have a bountiful crop of tomatoes up to four weeks sooner than usual.